Kwara Kekana doesn’t have an easy job. She currently serves as the spokesperson for the MEC of health in Gauteng. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her job has been pretty hectic, but she’s very proud to be part of the Gauteng Health team during this time.
“The job has been spectacularly stressful, but it’s an absolute honour to serve the people of Gauteng,” she says.
Kekana might be currently serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, but she has cut her teeth in many different spaces. She was previously the spokesperson for and a board member of BDS South Africa (now Africa for Palestine). She also briefly served as a public programmes director at Constitutional Hill.
Kekana says it surprises her how well she has the ability to fit in and enjoy the different spaces she’s found herself in, whether it’s government, the heritage sector or the nongovernmental organisation space. It’s the advice she gives to herself and others that has been the reason she has managed to achieve so much. Kekana says: “Do not be too hard on yourself when you are unsure about what you want to do, but study when you can, as much as you can and as soon as you can.”
Working with a highly motivated group of people, and working towards a common objective is also something that helps her to excel at her job. And Kekana is most definitely excellent at her job. She also has many aspirations to leave a lasting impact. She says she hopes that through her work, people will feel empowered and motivated to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Ultimately she hopes during her tenure at the Gauteng health department to see universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance realised in South Africa.